Windows® 7 still behind Windows® XP in terms of market share
According to a report by California-based firm Net Applications, Windows 7 had a 37.53 percent market share in March 2012 as compared to 38.12 percent in February 2012. Among the top operating systems globally, Windows 7 was at the second position behind the decade-old Windows XP, which occupied the top slot. Net Applications’ stats reveal that the market share of Windows XP has been decreasing but it is still the most popular operating system.
In what can be regarded as an anomaly, the market share of Windows XP increased from 45.39 percent in February 2012 to 46.86 percent in March 2012. It seems that Windows 7 has a long way to go before it is able to take over Windows XP.
Microsoft on its part has been recommending retail customers and businesses to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7. Moreover, the official Microsoft support for Windows XP will end in April 2014. After this, security patches for Windows XP will no longer be released by Microsoft. So, the operating system is likely to become vulnerable to malware and hacking.
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